aggressive

adjective
ag·​gres·​sive | \ ə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce aggressive (audio) \

Definition of aggressive

1a : tending toward or exhibiting aggression aggressive behavior
b : marked by combative readiness an aggressive fighter
2a : marked by obtrusive energy and self-assertiveness a rude, aggressive personality
b : marked by driving forceful energy or initiative : enterprising an aggressive salesman
3 : strong or emphatic in effect or intent aggressive colors aggressive flavors
4 : growing, developing, or spreading rapidly aggressive bone tumors
5 : more severe, intensive, or comprehensive than usual especially in dosage or extent aggressive chemotherapy

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Other Words from aggressive

aggressively adverb
aggressiveness noun
aggressivity \ ˌa-​ˌgre-​ˈsi-​və-​tē How to pronounce aggressive (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for aggressive

aggressive, militant, assertive, self-assertive mean obtrusively energetic especially in pursuing particular goals. aggressive implies a disposition to dominate often in disregard of others' rights or in determined and energetic pursuit of one's ends. aggressive in his business dealings militant also implies a fighting disposition but suggests not self-seeking but devotion to a cause, movement, or principle. militant protesters rallied against the new law assertive suggests bold self-confidence in expression of opinion. the more assertive speakers dominated the forum self-assertive connotes forwardness or brash self-confidence. a self-assertive young upstart

Examples of aggressive in a Sentence

He started to get aggressive and began to shout. an aggressive lawyer whose tactics have made people angry The team plays a very aggressive style of defense. The company took aggressive steps to prevent illegal use of their equipment. The publisher has been very aggressive in promoting the book. The city began an aggressive campaign to encourage recycling. an aggressive form of cancer
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Recent Examples on the Web Until then, the very creation of the task force is Austin’s most aggressive move yet on China. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Austin's task force is toughest move yet on China as Biden Pentagon mulls options," 3 May 2021 The first-year general manager was aggressive and pulled off a trade to move up and take a position of great need. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Derrick Barnes trade gets Detroit Lions, Brad Holmes a B for being aggressive in NFL draft," 1 May 2021 The pharmaceutical industry is pumping eye-popping amounts of money into lobbying Oregon lawmakers in an effort to kill a drug pricing proposal that would be the most aggressive in the nation. oregonlive, "Pharmaceutical industry on track to spend more than $1 million lobbying to defeat Oregon drug pricing bill," 28 Apr. 2021 Hospitals are among the nation's most aggressive debt collectors, filing hundreds of thousands of lawsuits against patients in the past decade. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "A side effect of the pandemic: Soaring medical debt," 28 Apr. 2021 The witness added that the dog had never been aggressive in the past. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Man accused of spraying neighbor’s dog with weed killer: Brunswick Hills Township Police Blotter," 27 Apr. 2021 The congressional inquiry is the latest in a series of problems for Emergent, a longtime federal contractor that has a reputation for aggressive lobbying. BostonGlobe.com, "European regulators decline to restrict use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, call blood clots very rare," 20 Apr. 2021 They're driven to get there and are very aggressive offensively to get to the net. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Last ones standing: Underdog mentality suits St. Cloud State hockey," 9 Apr. 2021 The Szemereis’ agent, Derek Oie, told them: Be aggressive. Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times, "Found your California dream home? Good luck with that — it may be gone by tomorrow," 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of aggressive

1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for aggressive

borrowed from New Latin aggressīvus, from Latin aggressus, past participle of aggredī "to step up to, approach, attack" + -īvus -ive — more at aggress

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“Aggressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aggressive. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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aggressive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of aggressive

: ready and willing to fight, argue, etc. : feeling or showing aggression
: using forceful methods to succeed or to do something
: very severe

aggressive

adjective
ag·​gres·​sive | \ ə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce aggressive (audio) \

Kids Definition of aggressive

1 : showing a readiness to fight or argue an aggressive dog aggressive behavior
2 : engaging in hostile action without reasonable cause an aggressive nation
3 : being forceful in getting things done an overly aggressive salesperson

Other Words from aggressive

aggressively adverb
aggressiveness noun

aggressive

adjective
ag·​gres·​sive | \ ə-ˈgres-iv How to pronounce aggressive (audio) \

Medical Definition of aggressive

1 : tending toward or exhibiting aggression aggressive behavior
2 : growing, developing, or spreading rapidly aggressive bone tumors
3 : more severe, intensive, or comprehensive than usual especially in dosage or extent aggressive chemotherapy aggressive surgical intervention — compare conservative

Other Words from aggressive

aggressively adverb
aggressiveness noun
aggressivity \ ˌag-​ˌre-​ˈsiv-​ət-​ē How to pronounce aggressive (audio) \ noun, plural aggressivities

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